About the Journal


Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics

E-ISSN: 2416-089X 

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and published currently by Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region.

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics is indexed by Web of Science, Scopus, CEEOL, ERIH, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus.  The evaluation process is at an advanced stage with ProQuest Sociological Abstracts, EBSCO, and DOAJ.



Focus and Scope

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics (IEEJSP) is a peer-reviewed journal promoting multidisciplinary and comparative thinking on Eastern and Central European societies in a global context. IEEJSP publishes research with international relevance and encourages comparative analysis both within the region and with other parts of the world. Intersections refers to the analytic standpoint of the journal which emphasizes the conjunctive multidimensionality of social phenomena, considering socio-economic, political and cultural aspects.

The journal publishes thematic issues and individual papers analysing various countries and regions across disciplines, concentrating on political science, sociology, social anthropology and minority studies. The editors welcome both theoretically and empirically grounded articles, applying qualitative and/or quantitative methods, following single and multiple case research designs.

Founded by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and published currently by Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest, IEEJSP provides an international forum for scholars coming from and/or working on the region.

The Journal considers only previously unpublished manuscripts which present original, high-quality research. It is committed to the principle of open access, so articles will be available free of charge. All published articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editorial screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous scholars.


Peer Review Process

The journal accepts original manuscripts with sound theoretical, methodological and empirical grounding. The editors will not review manuscripts that are currently under review for publication or that have been published in another English language journal. However, manuscripts based on previous research reports, or articles in non-English language journals will be considered. Authors are welcome to email an abstract to the editors prior to formal submission for guidance on the appropriateness of their proposed article.

All submitted papers will undergo an initial screening by the journal’s editors (including the articles for special issues). Articles are then reviewed anonymously by two or more reviewers. Papers that do not meet the formatting and content guidelines will not be reviewed.

The reviewers are experts in the given field and are neither institutionally nor personally associated with the author. The review will be provided by way of a uniform editorial form.

Decisions on accepting, revising or rejecting a manuscript

The decision to accept, rework or reject an article is governed by the following rules:

  • If both reviews are favourable ("Accept"), the final decision on acceptance is taken by the editors.
  • Likewise, if both reviews are unfavourable ("Reject"), the final decision on rejection is taken by the editors.
  • If both reviews suggest minor revisions ("Minor revisions required"), the author is invited to revise the manuscript, which is forwarded to the editors.
  • If both reviews suggest major revisions ("Resubmit for review"), the author is invited to revise the text, which is then sent for a new assessment either to the reviewers who raised the original objections, or to a third reviewer.
  • If the reviewers fail to reach consensus even after reviewing a revised version of the article, the editors will either contact a third reviewer (if such action was not taken earlier) or put the article forward to the editors for a final decision whether to accept or reject.

The editors have two weeks after having received the reviews to make their decision.

The author(s) will receive a Report to the Author(s). The editors immediately inform the author about the decision. The entire procedure should be completed within ten to sixteen weeks from receiving the manuscript, depending on the number of reviews required. The editors and the Editorial Board are not liable for any delays caused by reviewers.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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Margit Feischmidt  (Editor-in-chief), Attila Bartha, Eszter Bartha, Nóra Kovács, Miklós Könczöl, Zsolt Körtvélyesi, Zsófia Papp, Bence Ságvári

Copy Editor: Christiaan Swart, Simon J. Milton


Editorial Board

Szelényi Iván (Chair-of-the-Editorial-Board)(Yale University, US)

Arató Krisztina (Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary)

Huub van Baar (University of Giesen)

Beranek, Natasha (York University, Canada)

Bieber, Florian (University of Graz, Austria)

Boda Zsolt (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Bozóki András (Central European University, Hungary)

Böröcz József (Rutgers University, US)

Brubaker, Rogers (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Cossée, Claire (Maître de conférences, Université Paris 12)

Culic, Irina (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

Csizmady Adrienne (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Csergő Zsuzsa (Queen’s University, Canada)

Engebrigtsen, Ada Ingrid (Norwegian Social Research NOVA, Norway)

Piotr Filipkowski (Insitute of Sociology and Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Fox, Jon  (University of Bristol, UK)

Gal, Susan (University of Chicago, US)

Dorit Geva (Central European University, Hungary)

Gog, Sorin (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

Hann, Chris (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany)

Hasdeu, Julia (Gender Studies Institute, University of Geneva)

Ilonszki Gabriella (Corvinus University, Hungary)

Janky Béla (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Kende Anna (Eötvös Lóránd University, Hungary)

Kovách Imre (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Koczé Angéla (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Kowalski, Alexandra (Central European University, Hungary)

Körösényi, András (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Kusá, Zuzana (Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute for Sociology, Slovakia)

Gabriella Lukács (Central European University, Hungary)

Mareš, Miroslav (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)

Virag Molnar (New School, New York)

Nagy Beáta (Corvinus University, Hungary)

Nyíri Pál (University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Pap András László (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Papp, Z. Attila (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Piotrowski, Grzegorz (Centre for Baltic and East European Studies, Södertörn University, Sweden)

Rajaram, Prem Kumar (Central European University, Hungary)

Róbert Péter (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Rosta Gergely (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary)

Salat Levente (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

Strochsein Sherrill (University College, London, UK)

Pető Andrea(Central European University, Hungary)

Tóka Gábor (Central European University, Hungary)

Tóth Judit (University of Szeged, Hungary)     

Tremlett, Annabel  (University of Portsmouth, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, UK)

Vizi Balázs (MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary)

Vincze Enikő (Babes-Bolyai University, Romania)

Wessely Anna (ELTE Faculty of Social Sciences)




The editor-in-chief is responsible for organizing the work of the editors and takes full responsibility for the quality of the final publication. The editor-in-chief is appointed by the General Director of the Centre for Social Sciences.


Editors assist the editor-in-chief in selecting the reviewers and organizing the review process. They correspond with authors and reviewers, overview reviews and make recommendations to the editor-in-chief. Editors are appointed by the General Director of the Centre for Social Sciences and nominated by the editor-in-chief.

Editorial board

The editorial board is an international body of acknowledged scholars, which represents the journal in the academic community. The board interacts with editorial policy by drawing the editors’ attention to new research questions and results, by introducing new authors, and with general support of the review process.


Reviewers must treat papers submitted to their consideration as confidential information and knowledge gained from reviewing submissions may not be used for their personal gain. They should assess the quality of the manuscript objectively, following the standards of the given discipline. Reviewers are expected to give their assessment of the submission in writing. Reviewers are encouraged to report any suspicion of questionable research and writing practices to the editors. To maintain the objectivity of the review process, reviewers must declare any potential conflict of interest.


It is the authors’ responsibility to submit manuscripts that fully comply with the standards of academic (preferably British) English and the style manual applied by the journal. Authors must declare that their manuscript is an original work, which is not being considered for publication in other academic journals and books. In the case of co-authorship, the corresponding author must confirm that the publication of the manuscript is approved by all authors. If relevant, authors are asked to indicate research funding.


Publication Frequency

Articles are published four times a year.


Publication Ethics & Open Access Statement

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of information published in IEEJSP. Any infringements of professional ethical codes, such as cases of plagiarism, the fraudulent use of data, and bogus claims of authorship are taken very seriously by the editors who apply a principle of zero tolerance. IEEJSP follows the Code of Conduct of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and uses COPE Flowcharts to resolve cases of suspected misconduct.

Submitted manuscripts should not have previously been published in any form in English, and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere at the time of submission. Authors who include tables or other data in their manuscripts that have been published in earlier research, or who faithfully reproduce a section or component of a table from a pre-existing publication, should check who owns the original copyright and obtain permission to reuse the relevant data/material.

Authors are required to obtain permission to reproduce any proprietary text, illustrations, tables, or other material, including data, audio, video, film stills and screenshots, and any other supplementary material that is submitted to IEEJSP. This rule applies to direct reproductions as well as ‘derivative reproduction’ of source material (the creation of a new figure or table substantially deriving from a copyrighted source). The reproduction and inclusion in a manuscript of short extracts of text, excluding poetry and song lyrics, may be possible without obtaining formal permission on the basis that any quotations are reproduced accurately and are fully attributed to the original author/s.

Upon request, data on which analyses are based must be made available to editors and reviewers for the purposes of manuscript evaluation. Authors are also asked to make relevant data available to readers without undue qualifications.

Copyright allows the author to protect original material and stops others from using their work  without permission. The name of any and all third-party sources of funding must be provided, and the complete names and numbers of any supporting grants must be included in the acknowledgments section of articles.

Any and all opinions and views expressed in the journal are the opinions and views of contributing authors, and do not necessarily represent, nor are endorsed by, IEEJSP. The journal and its editors will not be liable for any losses, claims, legal proceedings, costs, damages, or any other liabilities howsoever generated, directly or indirectly, from the use of data and information published in the journal.


Online Submissions

Registration and login are required to submit items online and to check the status of current submissions.


Author Guidelines

Submission Process 

Papers submitted for publication are initially considered by the joint editors. After the initial evaluation, papers will be read by at least two independent reviewers or returned directly to the author for revision. Note, that the journal does not consider manuscripts that are already published, are under review by other journals or as parts of a monograph or edited volume. The editors are available to authors for consultation prior to the formal submission.

Article Length

Articles should have 6,000 to 8,000 words including footnotes, tables, captions and references.

Submission format

Manuscripts are to be submitted through the online submission system. All manuscripts should incorporate the following parts in their order as indicated below.

(1) Abstract

(2) Keywords

(3) Main text with footnotes

(4) References

(5) Tables and figures with caption(s) on individual page(s)

(6) Appendix

The paper should not contain any information on the author(s). It is the author(s)’ responsibility to ensure the anonymity of the paper. Before submission, please check the main text and footnotes carefully to make sure that they provide no information with regards to your identity, including references to your previous publications (which should be in given in the third person). Please, do not include acknowledgements in your submission. Authors of accepted papers will be asked to provide a short bio and acknowledgements AFTER the review process.

The research questions, key argument(s), methodology and main findings should be outlined in an abstract of 150-200 words. The Abstract should differ from the opening paragraph of the article.

Four to six keywords should follow the Abstract.

Titles, subtitles and headings should be short. Throughout the manuscript, headings are to be numbered.

All tables and figures should have titles. Source(s) should be indicated in a note under the table or figure. Tables and figures are to be numbered separately (e.g. Table 1, Figure 1) and placed at the end of the manuscript, each on a separate page with a clear indication in the text as to their placement (e.g. [Table 1 here]).

Manuscripts should be prepared using MS Word 2007 or higher with Times New Roman 10 point font and double spacing. Footnotes and references should be double spaced. The full text (including headings) should be left aligned. Authors are kindly asked not to use justified paragraphs and paragraph spacing. Headings should be numbered manually. Do not use the footer and the header. Pages should not be numbered.

Tips for ensuring anonymity

1) Delete your name from the text as Author or Reviewer.

2) Do not refer to yourself and your work in first person.

3) Do not include acknowledgement in the main document, as they can give away your identity, your affiliation etc.

4) Using MS Word, author identification should also be removed from the properties. For more information on removing hidden data and personal information from the document visit

MS Word 2007: https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Remove-hidden-data-and-personal-information-from-Office-documents-c2499d69-413c-469b-ace3-cf7e31a85953

MS Word 2010: https://support.office.com/en-au/article/Remove-hidden-data-and-personal-information-by-inspecting-documents-356b7b5d-77af-44fe-a07f-9aa4d085966f



- Authors should engage only authors and references relevant to their topic.

- Please avoid excessive jargon and use a readable style.

- If acronyms are used, they should be explained when they first appear in the text.

- Please use plural pronouns or the passive form instead of he/she if possible.

- For emphasis, use italics, but please keep them to a minimum.

- Please do not use bold or underline. Use italics for title of books, newspapers or novels when they appear in the main text.

- Write numbers under 10 in full.

- Use “per cent” in the text; the “%” sign should only be used in tables.

- Authors are asked to use American or British spelling consistently throughout the manuscript.

- Please apply single quotes instead of quote marks.

- The Journal prefers footnotes rather than endnotes, which should be kept to a minimum.


Citation, quotation

In-text citations should follow the model: (Author(s), year).


1)      one author: (Hall, 2011).

2)      two authors: (Rogstad and Midtbøen, 2010).

3)      more than two authors: (Mazzoleni et al., 2003).

4)      more than one study: (Rydgren and Holsteyn, 2004; Eatwell, 2005; Bos et al., 2010).

5)      one author with page number: (Hall, 2011: 49)


Direct quotations should be placed within single inverted commas except for a quotation within a quotation which should be placed within double inverted commas. They should follow the model: (Author(s), year: page number); otherwise for the number of authors and studies the same rules are applied than for in-text citations.

Example: ‘urgent and exceptional measures to deal with the threat’ (Buzan and Wæver, 2003: 491).

Please apply these basic style points before sending in the final version of your article. Use only the Latin alphabet (with accents and other extended characters) and the transliterated version of names, places, titles into Latin alphabet, e.g. Kuljić (from Serbian) or Tsimouris (from Greek).



Only works cited in the text should be listed in the list of references. Supply English translations for all titles of books and articles written in a language other than English after the original language source, in brackets. Examples:

Book, single author

Sen, A. (1999) Development as Freedom. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tybring-Gjedde, C. (2014) Mens orkesteret fortsetter å spille (Whilst the Band Plays On). Oslo: Cappelen Damm.

Book, multiple authors

Gingrich, A. and M. Banks (2006) Neo-Nationalism in Europe and Beyond. Perspectives from Social Anthropology. New York: Berghahn Books.

Mazzoleni, G., J. Stewart and B. Horsfield (2003) The Media and Neo-populism: a Contemporary Analysis. Westport: Praeger Publishers.

Edited volume

Vanhuysse, P. and A. Goerres (2013) (eds.) Ageing Populations in Post-industrial Democracies: Comparative Studies of Policies and Politics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Wodak, R., M. KhosraviNik and B. Mral (2013) (eds.) Rightwing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Book chapter, article in book

Kuljić, T. (2012) Anti-antifašizam (Anti-Antifascism). In Beslin, M. and P. Atanacković (eds.) Antifašizam pred izazovima savremenosti (Antifascism Faced with Contemporary Challenges). Novi Sad: AKO. 55-70.

Portes, A. and W. Haller. (2005) The Informal Economy. In Smelser, N. J. and R. Swedberg (eds.) The Handbook of Economic Sociology. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 403-425.

Journal article, single author

Williams, P. (1982) The Invisibility of the Kalderas of Paris: Some Aspects of the Economic Activity Settlement Patterns of the Kalderash Rom of the Paris Suburbs. Urban Anthropology, 11 (3-4): 315-346.

Journal article, multiple authors

Karácsony, G. and D. Róna (2010) A Jobbik titka. A szélsőjobb magyarországi megerősödésének lehetséges okairól. (The Secret of the Jobbik. Potential Causes of the Rises of the Far-right in Hungary.) Politikatudományi Szemle, 19 (1): 31-63.

Wimmer, A. and N. Glick-Schiller (2003) Methodological nationalism, the social sciences, and the study of migration: An essay in historical epistemology. International Migration Review, 37(3): 431-451.


Hamza, G. (n.d.) Past and Present of Constitutionalism in Central and Eastern Europe. Unpublished manuscript.

Heaton, L. (2013) International migration. Manuscript sumbitted for publication.

Conference paper

Kroon, A., A. Kluknavská, R. Vliegenthart and H. Boomgaarden (2014) Victims or Perpetrators? News Framing of Roma Minorities across Europe. Paper presented at the 5th European Communication (ECREA 2014) conference. November 12-15, Lisbon.

Paper published by other institutions and sources

Fodor, É. (2011) The Policy on Gender Equality in Hungary. European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Brussels. http://www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201107/20110725ATT24651/20110725ATT24651EN.pdf Accessed: 11-01-2015.

Papastergiou, V. and E. Takou (2014) Eleven Myths and Even More Truths. Migration in Greece. Rosa Luxembourg Foundation, Brussels. http://www.rosalux.de/publication/40646/migration-in-greece.html Accessed: 20-03-2015


Daro, I. N. (2014) The Nasty shift in Canadian immigration policy. http://o.canada.com/news/immigration-temporary-foreign-workers-435030 Accessed: 20-05-2014.

Krugman, P. (2014) Putin’s Bubble Burst. New York Times, December 18, http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/19/opinion/paul-krugman-putins-bubble-bursts.html Accessed: 21-12-2014.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The text has not been previously published in English, nor is it with another journal for consideration.
  2. All authors listed on the paper have reviewed and approved the manuscript in its current form and are aware that it has been submitted to  East European Journal of Society and Politics.
  3. The submission file is provided in Microsoft Word format.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If the submission contains any previously published material, a statement of permission from the original authors/publishers is attached to the submission.
  6. The submitted text explicitly refers to any conflict of interest and/or financial support received.
  7. The authors are aware of the journal’s Statement of publication ethics and prevention of publication malpractice, and the present submission complies with those.
  8. No fees or charges are required for manuscript processing and/or publishing materials in Intersections.EEJSP.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication, with the work three months after publication simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. This acknowledgement is not automatic, it should be asked from the editors and can usually be obtained one year after its first publication in the journal.


Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.


Journal Sponsorship

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics is a journal published by the Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest.

Responsible Publisher:

Zsolt Boda, General Director
Centre for Social Sciences
H-1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán utca 4
MTA Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary


Journal History

Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics was founded in 2014 by the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. The first issue was published in 2015.